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Digital Library Data Engineer, Harvard University (Cambridge)

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to delivering service and technological solutions in support of teaching, learning, research and administration. We are recruiting an IT workforce that has both breadth in their ability to collaborate and innovate across disciplines – and depth in specific areas of expertise. HUIT offers opportunities for IT professionals to learn and work in a unique technology landscape and service-focused environment. If you are a technically proficient, nimble, user-focused and accountable IT professional who also connects with the importance of collaborating well in a team environment, we are looking for you!

This is a fully benefited, full-time Harvard University position that has been funded for two-year through 6/30/25. There is the possibility of renewal, contingent on funding, university priorities and satisfactory job performance.

Position Description:

The Library Technology Services (LTS) team at Harvard University is seeking an inquisitive and motivated Digital Library Data Engineer (DLDE) to join our exciting project to build the university’s next generation Digital Preservation System (DPS). This role will be responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of data APIs, extract/load/transform (ETL) activities, helping to manage data migration from existing data endpoints to the new systems and defining data integration services for our application portfolio.    
The DLDE will collaborate with cross-functional teams across all phases of DPS project including requirements analysis, design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions*)

• Responsible for overall data management design and construction, ensuring optimization of data access, integration, and utilization.
• Manage interface and connectivity between multiple data storage sources using advanced database administration expertise.
• Lead aspects of data management services which may include database and analytics platform research and design, database performance and optimization, recovery/load strategy and implementation, and data modeling
• Collaborate to prepare data verification and testing methods for data/applications loaded into the warehouse, or other data repositories, to ensure compatibility across different sources, and with business partners to determine needs and evaluate solutions
• Code, develop, and document complex scripts integration mappings and workflows, and stored procedures
• Provide technical expertise and direction in developing and supporting system level programs, and training to clients and staff
• Troubleshoot advanced data problems and recommend appropriate action
• Create new or enhanced components of data architecture and interfaces
• May function as subject matter expert or project lead
• Actively contribute to formulation of plans and policies
• Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications:

• Minimum of five years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

The following Additional Qualifications are strongly preferred. If you meet some, but not all, you are still encouraged to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.

• Ability to code in Python and/or Javascript/NodeJS, and to specify and/or build data bound API services
• Familiarity with Oracle, Postgresql and MySQL, strong database skills in one
• Knowledge of information technology applications, processes, software and equipment, and Advanced knowledge of ETL (Extraction, Transformation, and Loading), reporting and database technologies
• Advanced communication, technical and project management skills
• Demonstrated team performance skills, service mindset approach, and the ability to act as a trusted advisor.

Work Format


Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

Working Conditions:

HUIT actively supports hybrid work where business needs allow. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA).

This position can be Onsite, Hybrid, or Primarily remote. Travel to campus may be necessary based on business needs and the nature of work. Examples include bi-annual or quarterly Town Halls, critical business meetings or other work events. Advance notice will be provided. Additional detail will be discussed during the interview process.

Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University’s COVID-19 Information Website.

Additional Information:

Please note:

• Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
• Harvard University Information Technology is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
• This position has a 180-day orientation and review period.

More about HUIT:

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is responsible for the strategy, planning, and delivery of information technology across the University.   Our mission is to assure Harvard’s leadership in IT. We strive to make it easier for faculty, students, and staff to teach, research, learn and work through the effective use of information technology. 

HUIT’s core values are:

• User-focused
• Collaborative
• Innovative
• Open

IT Academy (designed for IT Staff):

HUIT’s IT Academy aims to enable each IT staff person to grow professionally and become a trusted partner to her or his team.  The IT Academy is built on the belief that every IT staff member across the University (including technology employees at each school and campus) can grow in her or his area of expertise as well as building strong people and project management skills. Learn more here:


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

 Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.


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Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$81,000.00 - $111,900.00  / year

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2023-05-04 |  Quick link to this job